The Massachusetts – South Africa Technology Fellowship, or M-SAT, was a partnership program of South Africa Partners and Bentley University and was funded by the U.S. Department of State. The program facilitated an important exchange of ideas and experiences among people working in information technology, biotechnology and life sciences in South Africa and the United States.
During 2013-2014, fourteen South African Fellows were hosted by U.S. peers and placed to work in leading Boston-area organizations including Biogen Idec, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Cambridge Innovation Center. The U.S. Fellows then traveled to South Africa to learn through similar immersion experiences.
The program’s formal end date has passed, but the M-SAT Fellows continue to work together, further developing relationships between U.S. and South African companies, institutions and individuals. Read an interview with two fellows here.
Join us for a special one-day symposium on October 22, 2015 called Innovation and the Public Good: Massachusetts and South Africa. Funded by the Curtis Fund at the Boston Foundation, this event will take at the Microsoft New England R&D Center. Read more here. Ready to register? Click here.
The first Massachusetts-South Africa Conference on Global Innovation and Technology Transfer was held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, in June, 2015. The conference is an outcome of the 2013 Massachusetts-South Africa Technology (M-SAT) Fellowship program, with four of the Fellows co-chairing the conference.
The theme for the conference was Translating Scientific Discoveries into Commercial Products for Infectious Disease Diagnosis and Management, which explored translational scientific efforts in the fields of tuberculosis, malaria, HIV/AIDS and neglected tropical disease. Read more here.